Banksy commemorates​ the Balfour declaration. 2 November 2017.

The Balfour Declaration was signed on 2 November 1917 by the British government announcing support for the establishment of a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine, then an Ottoman region with a minority Jewish population. It read:

His Majesty’s government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.

Banksy commemorated the Balfour declaration with an apology on the segregation wall a few meters from his Walled Off Hotel, and a small ceremony with a Queen Elizabeth impersonator.

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An official statement from Banksy read:

“This conflict has brought so much suffering to people on all sides – it didn’t feel appropriate to ‘celebrate’ the British role.  The British didn’t handle things well here. When you organise a wedding,” referring to the promise of a Jewish national homeland in Palestine, “it’s best to make sure the bride isn’t already married.”

Inside the Walled Off  Hotel, there is a truly brilliant and interesting museum on the situation created by the Balfour declaration, curated by the Banksy team together with Dr Gavin Grindon from Essex University.

Calais. France, December 2015.

Four stencils appeared on 13 December in “The Jungle”, a Calais refugee camp. Since Dismaland it’s clear that Banksy’s preferred theme is the refugee situation in Europe.

Photos: http://www.banksy.co.uk, http://www.lemonde.fr

The Gaza Strip. February 2015.

In February 2015 Banksy published a 2-minute video titled “Make this the year YOU discover a new destination” about his trip to Gaza Strip. During his visit he painted a few artworks including a kitten on the remains of a house destroyed by an Israeli air strike. (“I wanted to highlight the destruction in Gaza by posting photos on my website — but on the internet people only look at pictures of kittens“) and a swing hanging off a watchtower. In a statement to the New York Times his publicist said:

I don’t want to take sides. But when you see entire suburban neighborhoods reduced to rubble with no hope of a future — what you’re really looking at is a vast outdoor recruitment center for terrorists. And we should probably address this for all our sakes.

Source: Wikipedia

Better Out Than In. New York, October 2013.

On 1 October, Banksy began a one-month “show on the streets of New York”, for which he opened a separate website and twitter account. On every day for the rest of the month, he produced one street art piece in different locations.

A pop-up boutique of about 25 spray-art canvases appeared on Fifth Avenue near Central Park on 12 October. Tourists were able to buy Banksy art for just $60 each. In a note posted to his website, the artist wrote: “Please note this was a one-off. The stall will not be there again.” The BBC estimated that the street-stall art pieces could be worth as much as $31,000. The booth was manned by an unknown elderly man who went about four hours before making a sale, yawning and eating lunch as people strolled by without a second glance at the work. Banksy chronicled the surprise sale in a video posted to his website noting, “Yesterday I set up a stall in the park selling 100% authentic original signed Banksy canvases. For $60 each.” Two of the canvasses sold at a July 2014 auction for $214,000. Source: Wikipedia.

Sequence from October 1 to 31:

 

Street Art 2008. Abroad.

Besides the twelve stencils in New Orleans , there are a handful more pieces documented in the US in 2008. At least two in the Los Angeles area and a few rats on billboards in New York previous to the “Village Pet Store” exhibition in October 2008.